Workers earning the Living Wage are set to receive a pay rise.
An estimated 150,000 workers paid the voluntary living wage are set to see their pay increase by 30p an hour, or 45p in London.
"The new rates will bring relief for thousands of United Kingdom workers being squeezed by stagnant wages and rising inflation", Living Wage Foundation Director Katherine Chapman said.
In the North West 266 employers have committed to paying staff more as the rate rises.
More than 3,600 employers across the United Kingdom have signed up to the living wage rate, including more than 1,000 in London alone.
The research found that across the United Kingdom one in five workers are being paid below the voluntary living wage, leaving them struggling to escape what is known as "in-work poverty" where people are working but are struggling to make ends meet.
"This is a fantastic achievement and a testament to our work promoting the Scottish Government's fair work agenda and putting equality at the heart of our labour market".
Living Wage Foundation director Katherine Chapman said during these "tough times" employers should know that fair pay will bring them real benefits.
Little wonder, therefore, that four times as many respondents earning less than the real Living Wage indicated that their household finances had worsened as those that experienced an improvement in October 2017.
Lidl claimed its rate of pay will be the highest in the supermarket sector, beating closest rival Aldi's announced increase of £8.40 an hour nationally and £9.45 in London, earlier this year. The council also requires all contractors with contracts over £100,000 to pay the Oxford Living Wage to their staff and subcontractors.
Lidl is clearly dedicated to the living wage, having previous form when it comes to investing in it, so we can expect the chain to put its money where its mouth is.
"In-work poverty is today's story", she says. This contrasted with a sustained drop in debt levels for those earning above the Living Wage. But more companies need to sign up.
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady urged more employers to sign up.
These rates come into force today and the 3,600 firms signed up to the Living Wage Foundation's voluntary scheme must start paying the higher rates within six months.